Senate Floor Action for 4/24/2017



April 24, 2017

The Senate suspended the necessary rules to consider and finally pass:

SB 544 (CS) (LC)Lucio

Relating to required training for veterans county service officers and assistant veterans county service officers.

SB 907 (CS)Birdwell/ et al.

Relating to the definition of the least restrictive environment for the placement of children in foster care.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 975 (LC)Birdwell/ et al.

Relating to the security of high-speed rail operated by a private entity.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1073 (CS)Hancock

Relating to registration statement and reporting requirements of insurers in an insurance holding company system.

SB 1147 (LC)Watson/ Hancock

Relating to the establishment of the Texas State Music Museum and Texas Music Foundation; authorizing fees.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1187 (LC)West

Relating to the offense of operating a motor vehicle without financial responsibility.

SB 1253 (CS)West/ et al.

Relating to the electronic recording and admissibility of certain custodial interrogations.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1326 (CS)Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to procedures regarding criminal defendants who are or may be persons with a mental illness or an intellectual disability.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1500 Zaffirini

Relating to certain vehicle protection products.

SB 1658 (CS)Taylor, Larry/ et al.

Relating to the ownership, sale, lease, and disposition of property and management of assets of an open-enrollment charter school.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1743 (CS)Zaffirini

Relating to transferring the Office for the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities to The University of Texas at Austin and renaming the office the Office for Healthy Children.

SB 2065 (CS)Hancock

Relating to the licensing and regulation of certain occupations and activities.

SB 2080 (CS)Taylor, Larry

Relating to a requirement that school districts and open-enrollment charter schools report certain information regarding children with disabilities who reside in residential facilities.

The Senate suspended the regular order, read third time and finally passed:

SB 260 Huffines/ et al.

Relating to the abolishment of the Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs and the Governor's Advisory Committee on Immigration and Refugees.

SB 715 (CS)Campbell/ Bettencourt/ Birdwell/ Buckingham/ Creighton/ et al.

Relating to municipal annexation.

SB 949 Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to a limitation on the amount of attorney's fees awarded in a case assigned to a special three-judge district court.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 664 Taylor, Van

In memory of Kathy Staples Boobar.

SCR 24 (CS)Perry

Urging the United States Congress to continue joint federal-state funding of Texas Medicaid while transferring administration of the program to the Texas Legislature.

Committee referral on the following:

SB 320 Nichols

Relating to the creation of River Ranch Improvement District of Liberty County; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 321 Nichols

Relating to the creation of the River Ranch Municipal Utility District of Liberty County; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2283 Perry

Relating to the regulation of dangerous dogs and dogs that attack persons in certain municipalities.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

SB 2284 Creighton

Relating to the creation of the Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 544; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2285 Creighton

Relating to the boundaries of the Harris County Fresh Water Supply District No. 58.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 13 Price/ Turner/ White/ Clardy/ Moody/ et al.

Relating to the creation of a matching grant program to support community mental health programs for individuals experiencing mental illness.

Health & Human Services

HB 29 Thompson, Senfronia/ Huberty/ Collier/ Cook/ Frullo/ et al.

Relating to prostitution and the trafficking of persons, civil racketeering related to trafficking, the investigation and prosecution of and punishment for certain sexual offenses and offenses involving or related to trafficking, reimbursement of certain costs for criminal victims who are children, and the release and reporting of certain information relating to a child; increasing a criminal penalty; creating a criminal offense.

Criminal Justice

HB 71 Martinez, "Mando"

Relating to the transportation of certain mental health patients.

Health & Human Services

HB 89 King, Phil/ Goldman/ Alvarado/ Davis, Sarah/ Cook/ et al. SP: Creighton

Relating to state contracts with and investments in companies that boycott Israel.

Business & Commerce

HB 217 Canales/ Moody/ Collier

Relating to the authority of certain persons to defer or abate the collection of ad valorem taxes on a person's residence homestead.


HB 269 Thompson, Senfronia/ Meyer/ Johnson, Eric

Relating to judicial proceedings on a petition to set aside a conviction or an order of expunction of criminal history record information for certain victims of trafficking of persons or compelling prostitution who are convicted of prostitution.

Criminal Justice

HB 281 Howard/ Guillen/ Canales/ Alvarado/ Stickland/ et al.

Relating to establishing a statewide electronic tracking system for evidence of a sex offense.

Criminal Justice

HB 455 Metcalf/ Bonnen, Dennis/ Murphy/ et al.

Relating to the authority of a property owner to participate by telephone conference call at a protest hearing by an appraisal review board.


HB 491 Frullo/ Button/ Fallon

Relating to requiring registration as a sex offender of certain defendants convicted of the offense of continuous trafficking of persons.

Criminal Justice

HB 777 Ashby/ Bernal/ Murphy/ Blanco/ Fallon/ et al.

Relating to the eligibility of land owned by certain members of the armed services of the United States for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land.


HB 791 Lozano/ Cain

Relating to allowing certain individuals appointed by the governor to state office to file required financial statements by certified mail.

State Affairs

HB 886 King, Ken

Relating to the powers and election dates of the Hemphill County Underground Water Conservation District.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 920 Kacal/ et al.

Relating to the operation of all-terrain vehicles and recreational off-highway vehicles.


HB 1116 Kacal

Relating to the repeal of certain state procurement advisory and approval procedures.

Business & Commerce

HB 1128 Wray

Relating to the date and time for the public sale of real property.

Business & Commerce

HB 1227 Smithee

Relating to the transparency of certain information related to prescription drug coverage provided by certain health benefit plans.

Business & Commerce

HB 1495 Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to the rendition of certain temporary orders during the pendency of a suit for modification of an order that provides for the conservatorship, support, or possession of or access to a child.

State Affairs

HB 1545 Clardy

Relating to the acceptance of certain high school courses to satisfy part of the training required to obtain a peace officer license.

Criminal Justice

HB 1829 Geren

Relating to the preservation, maintenance, and improvement of the Capitol and the Capitol grounds.


HB 2095 Kuempel

Relating to transfer of a plumber's license number on the retirement or death of the plumber.

Business & Commerce

HB 2124 Minjarez/ Miller/ Blanco

Relating to the procedures for identifying and notifying relevant federal agencies about certain child abuse and neglect investigations.

Health & Human Services

HB 2964 Meyer/ Button

Relating to abandonment of shares of a mutual fund.

Business & Commerce

HB 3451 Stucky/ González, Mary/ Ashby/ Springer/ Cyrier/ et al.

Relating to the study and approval of lethal pesticides for feral hog control.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs